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Terracotta female figure playing cymbal; hand-made with applied details; columnar body; red painted decoration; base lost.

AN843407001001

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Department: Greek & Roman Antiquities

Registration number: 1900,0903.9

Greek and Roman Antiquities catalogue number: Terracotta A144

Bibliographic reference
Kiely 2011e 11
Terracotta A144

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Object types
figure (scope note | all objects)

Materials
terracotta (scope note | all objects)
Type Series
Yon and Caubet Lapithos Workshop 4
Techniques
painted (scope note | all objects)
moulded (scope note | all objects)
handmade (scope note | all objects)
Production place
Made in Lapithos (all objects)
(Europe,Cyprus,Kyrenia (district),Lapithos)
Place (findspot)
Excavated/Findspot Lapithos, Cave sanctuary at a locality called 'Embros Temenon' 0.5km east of Lapithos village (near) (all objects)
(Europe,Cyprus,Kyrenia (district),Lapithos)
Date
600BC-500BC
Period/Culture
Cypro-Archaic II (scope note | all objects)


Description
Terracotta figurine of a woman playing a cymbal, probably a votary; hand-made column-like body originally with a splaying base (restoried); crudely made applied arms, outstretched to hold the musical instrument; mould-made face with Egyptianising features: wig-like hair, oval eyes (outlined in red paint), full face; made of buff clay decorated with stripes of red paint on the body and neck; the hair was originally completely red (now very worn).

Dimensions
Height: 15 centimetres


Curator's comments
See Yon M. and Caubet A. 1988, 'Un culte populaire de la Grande Déesse à Lapithos', RDAC 1988/2, 1-17, esp. 10-11 (cf. nos 33 and 34 on pl. IV); also Karageorghis Coroplastic volume VA, 68-75 for additional examples, including cat. nos 25 to 32 which were probably made around Lapithos.


Subject
music (all objects)


Acquisition date
1900

Acquisition name
Donated by Sir William Frederick Haynes Smith (biographical details | all objects)


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